Saturday, April 18, 2009

Theodoret of Cyrus: The Universally Needed Remedy of the Incarnation

He was made less than the angels not in divine nature but in his suffering humanity; this shared in divine glory after the resurrection. Of course, he endured the suffering for all: everything in possession of created nature needed this healing. He said as much, in fact, so that apart from God he would taste death for everyone: only the divine nature is without need (he is saying); all other things needed the remedy of the Incarnation.

- Theodoret of Cyrus (around A.D. 393 to around A.D. 457), Commentary on Hebrews, Chapter 2, in Theodoret of Cyrus, Commentary on the Letters of St. Paul, Volume 2, p. 146 (2001), Robert C. Hill translator.